St George’s hospital reports 24 new Covid deaths in the last week

Yesterday the NHS announced 239 more deaths across the capital, making it one of the worst days of the pandemic so far.

 

Anti-vaccination messages “will cost lives” says Westminster councillor

Westminster City Council leader Rachael Robathan called for faith leaders, councillors and the community to challenge anti-vaccine publicity.

  

Dulwich campaigners win battle to save 100-year-old oaks

Officers also advised the council to put a provisional tree preservation order (TPO), which came into effect on January 19, in place for six months.  

 

Pensioners confused by Covid vaccine appointments booked miles away

Pensioners have been left confused by vaccination appointments being miles away from home, with others struggling to access texts and emails regarding their jab.

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Kensington and Chelsea campaigners hope to re-instate controversial cycle lane

The ‘Better Streets for Kensington and Chelsea’ campaigners argue that the mile-long Kensington High Street cycle lane was removed “unlawfully” in early December.

  

North Kensington residents “devastated” over developers plans to fell 37 trees

Residents from the Wornington estate told Kensington and Chelsea Council about their distress as 37 trees on the Wornington Green estate were due to be felled.  They also handed in a petition signed by 1,000 people.

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Crystal Palace new boy Mateta: Roy Hodgson wanted to sign me before

New Crystal Palace signing Jean-Philippe Mateta has revealed he was a long-term transfer target for Roy Hodgson.

  

Cheeky bit of business! Bromley agree new deal with prolific striker

Michael Cheek has signed a new contract at Bromley until the end of next season. The 29-year-old has 12 goals this season – 10 of those in the National League – and was on 15 in the truncated 2019-20 campaign.

  

QPR suffer injury blow – as Osayi-Samuel omitted from squad for Luton victory

QPR midfielder Tom Carroll is set to be out for up to three months with a knee problem. The 28-year-old signed in September as a free agent and suffered the setback in the 2-0 win at Luton earlier this month.

  

Charlton handed midfield selection boost ahead of Swindon Town match

Ben Watson looks set to be back in Charlton’s squad for Saturday’s home game against Swindon Town – with Albie Morgan also boosting their midfield options.

  

Fulham boss knows side must start taking their big chances to boost Premier League survival hopes

Scott Parker was proud of his Fulham side’s display in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United – but knows the west Londoners must start taking their chances if they want to retain Premier League status.

  

Crystal Palace confirm loan deal for Jean-Philippe Mateta – and have an option to buy Mainz forward

Crystal Palace have signed striker Jean-Philippe Mateta on an 18-month loan from German Bundesliga club FSV Mainz 05.

  

Charlton boss cools talk of deal for AFC Bournemouth midfielder

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has confirmed his interest in Nnamdi Ofoborh – but reckons the Bournemouth midfielder will have options to move to a club at a higher level.

  

“Our effort was monumental” – Gary Rowett praises Millwall’s desire as they earn impressive win at Huddersfield

Gary Rowett hailed the workrate and desire of his Millwall side in tonight’s 1-0 victory at Huddersfield Town.

  

Huddersfield Town 0 Millwall 1 – Scott Malone goal earns South Londoners a vital win

Scott Malone’s third goal of the season earned Millwall a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield Town.

  

Repeat or revenge? Dillian Whyte rematches Alexander Povetkin on March 6

Dillian Whyte will rematch Alexander Povetkin on March 6 – with the Brixton fighter knowing defeat would blow him out of the world title picture. The South London heavyweight, 32, was on the receiving end of one of the knockouts of 2020 as he lost his WBC world interim title.

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Education

   

Primary schools in Kensington and Chelsea face drop in pupils

Primary schools in Kensington and Chelsea are facing an 11 per cent vacancy rate with 861 vacant places at schools across the borough which could lead to a reduction in the number of entry level classes.

  

Teachers fear kids without laptops and tablets are falling behind

When the new lockdown was announced on January 4, teachers once again found themselves having to turn their work lives upside down and reinvent their classrooms online.

  

Greenwich council slams Education Secretary over decision to send kids back to school

Council said Gavin Williamson claimed he didn’t know about new variant of coronavirus when making decision – despite Matt Hancock announcing it in Commons earlier that day

   

Teacher is honoured for services to education

Leonie Huie, mum to three-year-old twin girls from Southwark, is the author of The First Year Is Survival, a book published in October last year for parents of twins and multiples.

Opinions

  

In My View: Harriet Harman, MP for Camberwell and Peckham

Covid infections are rapidly increasing. In Southwark, one out of every 20 people are Covid positive. Rising infection is followed by more people going into hospital and sadly, rising deaths.

  

In My View: Rosena Allin-Khan, MP for Tooting

The first vaccine was approved for use in the UK and it’s now starting to be rolled out. For all of those who volunteered to take part in the vaccine trials, you all deserve a huge thank you for enabling this to happen so swiftly.

  

My View 2020: Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark

2020 has been an extraordinary year, and an extraordinarily bad one for so many people who have lost loved ones and all those employers so badly affected by Covid.

  

In My View: Ellie Reeves, MP for Lewisham West & Penge

With the news of a vaccine, 2021 is increasingly looking like a year where we can begin to return to some sense of normality.

Food & Drink

  

Experiencing the charms of the pub garden at the Dulwich Wood House

At the time December felt depressing, with even the imminent arrival of a ‘normal’ Christmas in doubt. Looking back now it was a period of relative freedom bookended by two lockdowns.

  

FOOD REVIEW by Paloma Lacy: Rudie’s Jerk Shack

There was much excitement when Rudie’s Jerk Shack announced it was setting up home in Brixton Village, not least from me. Ever-changing operating restrictions in late 2020 played havoc with the opening but this finally happened last month.

  

Cake or Death serves up a vegan treat

As quirky brand names go, Cake or Death must surely take the prize. Is it a choice? Not sure. If another reason were needed to give Veganuary a try, this east London vegan bakery could well be it.

  

Reminiscing about good times at The Regent in Balham

There are those pubs which hold a special place in your heart. For me, it’s The Regent in Balham. It was THE meeting place for my friendship group around a decade ago and the scene of many life changing events – early dates, hen weekends arranged over a glass of wine, and best woman’s speeches written here.

Entertainment

  

South London French singer releases first album in English to connect with people

A French singer-songwriter has released his first studio album in English after feeling the need to counter the language-barrier-induced loneliness and connect with his English- speaking neighbours.

   

Game Review: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

It’s time to be one of the pillage, people.  And the latest Assassin’s Creed release is Norse-y but nice. Okay, I promise I’ll leave the puns there. For anyone was has previous played Ubisoft’s popular series, then you’ll know the drill. And I’ve got no axe to grind about that. No, quite on the contrary, I need to sharpen it. And my dagger. And my spear.

  

Taking a look at South London’s up and coming musical talent in 2021

South London’s most creative music is thriving despite the handicaps caused by lockdown. Here MELISSA Kasule picks a selection of up-and-coming artists who could make an impact in 2021.

  

South London drama school student wins scholarship for working class actors

A budding actor from South London has won a scholarship for working class actors in their final year of drama school.

  

‘Deleted’ documentary wins awards on the film festival circuit

A documentary about the last five hours of a man’s life before he was made homeless has picked up a number of awards on the film festival circuit.

Theatre

  

Churchill Theatre brings festive shows to kids schools and online

A theatre has been forced to think of creative ways to bring their productions to young people. Churchill Theatre in Bromley usually puts on a festive production for kids each year in their studio.

  

Southwark theatre donates toy penguins to child refugees to celebrate kids online winter show

A theatre has donated penguin toys to child refugees to celebrate the launch of their online winter theatre show for children.

  

James Haddrell takes a look back at 2020 and the affect had on the performing arts

This time last year I was writing a column listing my highlights for 2020, from big West End shows to fringe shows full of exciting potential, mapping out a year of theatregoing. Little could I know that theatres would end up closed for most of the year.

What's On

  

Arts festival created by disabled people held at Southbank Centre

A festival showcasing theatre, dance, comedy and more, created by disabled people is being held online by the Southbank Centre. Unlimited Festival runs until January 17 and includes 33 events that celebrate the artistic vision of disabled people.

  

Wewe Mimi Sisi – classic African stories adapted for kids YouTube series

A project that combines storytelling with dynamic yoga to help children develop their physical and mental health and improve their overall well-being has started.

  

New artwork display shows off work from Deptford Reach members

A captivating collection of photographs and writing created by vulnerable adults has gone on display at Deptford Lounge.

   

South London Film Festival

A new film festival is celebrating South London’s community of creatives and film-makers. The South London Film Festival is set to open next Sunday at 7pm and will showcase some of the best short films made this year.

Best of South London

  

South London artist documents life in the pandemic through new book

A charity worker has published a book of drawings that document her life and the news throughout the pandemic.

  

Rosemary Egbe, Lilford Estate stalwart, dies aged 64

Rosemary had lived on the Lilford Estate for nearly 30 years. She was responsible for a raft of regeneration work and service provision during the 10 years she had been in charge of LARA,  the association representing local residents. 

  

Social worker’s book gives tips on giving evidence in court

Michael Watson, a Croydon-based social worker has written a book about how to prepare for giving evidence in a family court to help others who have to go through the process.

Pets

  

Help get your pet in shape for the new year

With 2021 here many people will be thinking about getting in better shape in the New Year. It’s also a great time for your pet to join in too! Too many calories and not enough exercise cause weight gain but, with some simple changes, owners can get their pet’s weight under control.

  

Think of pets when making new year resolutions

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions we make, is to learn something new. Why not include your four-legged friend in this, too? Learning a new trick, or even just brushing up on their training, can help you to spend more time with your pet and you’ll both be learning something new!

  

Fundraiser to honour Penge East railway station cat with bronze statue

Lily the Penge East station cat died recently, and local people are fundraising for a commemorative statue to be made in her memory.

South London Memories

  

The New Cross Fire – How ’13 dead and nothing said’ energised a generation

Forty years ago on January 18, Yvonne Ruddock and Angela Jackson held a joint birthday party at a house in New Cross. The celebration was to end in tragedy after a fire ripped through the house in the early hours of the morning. A total of 13 young black people died.

  

Five Years since death of the Starman Bowie

David Bowie did not seem to age much in the 43 years between performing Star Man in a fake snakeskin leotard on Top of the Pops in 1972 and the last pictures in 2015, soon after he discovered he had terminal cancer. That was one factor which made his death on January 11 2016 such a shock. Here TOBY PORTER remembers his South London roots on the fifth anniversary.

  

‘I sat up in bed and saw a policeman standing over me holding a gun’

Lee Lawrence’s win in the memoir category of the Costa Book Awards brought back some of the trauma and anger of the incident which is the pivot of his story. His mum, Cherry Groce, was shot by police in an incident which sparked the 1985 Brixton riots. Here TOBY PORTER recalls the events which shocked a community.

  

Tom was Addick-ted to taking pictures of his beloved Charlton

Former Charlton club photographer Tom Morris, who has died suddenly at the age of 76, was a familiar figure on the goal line at Charlton matches, home and away, for more than three decades, writes Rick Everitt.

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Millwall

  

“Our effort was monumental” – Gary Rowett praises Millwall’s desire as they earn impressive win at Huddersfield

Gary Rowett hailed the workrate and desire of his Millwall side in tonight’s 1-0 victory at Huddersfield Town.

  

Huddersfield Town 0 Millwall 1 – Scott Malone goal earns South Londoners a vital win

Scott Malone’s third goal of the season earned Millwall a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield Town.

  

Millwall boss reveals next target after agreeing fresh loan deal for West Brom forward

Gary Rowett is hoping to boost Kenneth Zohore’s fitness now the big West Brom striker is staying with Millwall until the end of the Championship campaign.

  

Millwall have agreed new loan terms for West Brom striker Kenneth Zohore

Millwall have agreed a deal to keep Kenneth Zohore on loan until the end of the season.

Charlton Athletic

  

Charlton handed midfield selection boost ahead of Swindon Town match

Ben Watson looks set to be back in Charlton’s squad for Saturday’s home game against Swindon Town – with Albie Morgan also boosting their midfield options.

  

Charlton boss cools talk of deal for AFC Bournemouth midfielder

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has confirmed his interest in Nnamdi Ofoborh – but reckons the Bournemouth midfielder will have options to move to a club at a higher level.

  

Lee Bowyer left frustrated as Charlton are punished once more for defensive frailties

Charlton paid the price once more for defensive errors during the defeat at Peterborough United – leaving Lee Bowyer a frustrated man.

  

Peterborough boss Ferguson: Ref allowed Charlton man to make 11 fouls before he was booked

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was critical of referee Sam Purkiss in tonight’s 2-1 win over Charlton – claiming the official allowed Darren Pratley to make a string of fouls.

Crystal Palace

  

Crystal Palace new boy Mateta: Roy Hodgson wanted to sign me before

New Crystal Palace signing Jean-Philippe Mateta has revealed he was a long-term transfer target for Roy Hodgson.

  

Crystal Palace confirm loan deal for Jean-Philippe Mateta – and have an option to buy Mainz forward

Crystal Palace have signed striker Jean-Philippe Mateta on an 18-month loan from German Bundesliga club FSV Mainz 05.

  

Mainz coach confirms striker is set to make Crystal Palace loan switch

Crystal Palace are set to sign Mainz striker Jean-Phillipe Mateta on an 18-month loan.

  

Long lockdown break may have caused my injuries, Crystal Palace defender Gary Cahill suggests

Gary Cahill has pointed to the extended break during the first national lockdown as a reason for his injury problems over the last six months.

AFC Wimbledon

  

Portsmouth 4 AFC Wimbledon 0 – Dons dismantled on the South Coast

AFC Wimbledon’s dismal run of form continued with a comprehensive 4-0 loss at Portsmouth.

  

Daniel Marsh’s big-match verdict on Dons 0 Sunderland 3: No need to panic just yet as key personnel a big miss

AFC Wimbledon’s EFL Trophy win at Bristol Rovers in midweek may have overshadowed the fact that they slipped into the relegation places after teams around them continued with League One action.

  

Lack of personnel behind AFC Wimbledon’s switch to a back four

Glyn Hodges has confirmed that a lack of personnel has been the driving force behind Wimbledon’s recent switch to a back four – but hasn’t ruled out continuing to tweak their approach as they bid to end their poor form.

  

AFC Wimbledon boss Glyn Hodges gives verdict on 3-0 loss to Sunderland

Glyn Hodges admitted he was “disappointed” by Wimbledon’s lack of creativity in their 3-0 defeat to Sunderland at Plough Lane.

Dulwich Hamlet

  

Dulwich Hamlet postpone games until January 8 after “multiple” Covid-19 cases

Dulwich Hamlet have had what they describe as “multiple” Covid-19 cases – forcing them to postpone playing matches until January 8.

  

Former Wolves winger signs for Dulwich Hamlet

Dulwich Hamlet have signed former Wolves winger Andrew Jay Harris-Sealy. The National League South side have agreed a sell-on with the 22-year-old’s previous club Farnborough.

   

Dulwich Hamlet boss Gavin Rose: We deserve better protection – we’re taking a risk every time we train or play matches

Gavin Rose was fully supportive of Dulwich Hamlet matches going back behind closed doors – and reckons players at their level are taking greater risks because of a lack of adequate testing measures.

   

Non-league round-up: Former Eagles man Holland eyes more Bromley success as Dulwich extend unbeaten run

Jack Holland wants to see Bromley continue to take strides forward after recently passing the 350-game mark for the club.

Chelsea

  

Chelsea lose 2-0 to Foxes as pressure on head coach Lampard is ramped up

Only one team went top of the Premier League tonight and it was not Chelsea who were well beaten 2-0 by Leicester City and the Blues sit uncomfortably in eight position.

  

Kirby propels Chelsea to the top of the WSL with a wonder goal that downed Manchester United 2-1

Fran Kirby sliced open the Manchester United defence to score the winner in a pulsating 2-1 victory at Kingsmeadow and at the same time propelled the Blues to top of the WSL table.

   

Mount’s strikes eases pressure on Lampard as Chelsea overcome 10-man Fulham 1-0 at the Cottage

Mason Mount eased the pressure mounting on Frank Lampard by scoring the only goal in a tough, tense west London derby that saw them overcome 10-man Fulham 1-0 at the Cottage tonight.

  

Pressure back on Frank Lampard as Chelsea head into derby clash with Fulham

The pressure resumes on Frank Lampard this weekend, when his Chelsea charges take on struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Fulham

  

Fulham boss knows side must start taking their big chances to boost Premier League survival hopes

Scott Parker was proud of his Fulham side’s display in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United – but knows the west Londoners must start taking their chances if they want to retain Premier League status.

  

Fulham boss never considered Joe Bryan exit – as Wembley hero ready to step in for Manchester United clash

Fulham boss Scott Parker has hailed the attitude of promotion hero Joe Bryan, who is in line for a run in the Whites first-team following Antonee Robinson’s dismissal in the London derby against Chelsea.

  

Fulham manager Scott Parker: We’ve changed the perception of us

Fulham boss Scott Parker feels that his side have changed the narrative surrounding them – after they were deemed a ‘laughing stock’ earlier in the season.

   

Mount’s strikes eases pressure on Lampard as Chelsea overcome 10-man Fulham 1-0 at the Cottage

Mason Mount eased the pressure mounting on Frank Lampard by scoring the only goal in a tough, tense west London derby that saw them overcome 10-man Fulham 1-0 at the Cottage tonight.

QPR

  

QPR suffer injury blow – as Osayi-Samuel omitted from squad for Luton victory

QPR midfielder Tom Carroll is set to be out for up to three months with a knee problem. The 28-year-old signed in September as a free agent and suffered the setback in the 2-0 win at Luton earlier this month.

  

Fenerbahce announce agreement to sign QPR’s star man Bright Osayi-Samuel

Bright Osayi-Samuel has agreed to join Fenerbahce when his QPR contract expires – with the west London club due to get minimal compensation.

  

Charlie Austin delighted at marking QPR return with a goal

Charlie Austin reckons QPR is the perfect fit for him after making an instant scoring impact on his return.

   

Crystal Palace fine Eberechi Eze for attending QPR FA Cup tie and not wearing face covering

Eberechi Eze has been fined by Crystal Palace after attending QPR’s FA Cup tie against Fulham last weekend.

Boxing

  

Repeat or revenge? Dillian Whyte rematches Alexander Povetkin on March 6

Dillian Whyte will rematch Alexander Povetkin on March 6 – with the Brixton fighter knowing defeat would blow him out of the world title picture. The South London heavyweight, 32, was on the receiving end of one of the knockouts of 2020 as he lost his WBC world interim title.

  

Bermondsey boxer Ted Cheeseman: My building company has helped ease financial strain of Covid-hit fight schedule

Ted Cheeseman is set for a domestic showdown with James Metcalf – but is waiting to see how the Covid-19 pandemic affects those plans.

  

South London fighters won’t be in action in January as British Boxing Board of Control suspend bouts in January

South London fighters will not be in action until at least February – with the British Boxing Board of Control suspending any bouts taking place due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.

  

Craig Richards’ game plan was perfectly executed in British title fight victory

Craig “Spider” Richards executed his game plan to perfection as he won the British light-heavyweight title last weekend.

More Sport

  

Cheeky bit of business! Bromley agree new deal with prolific striker

Michael Cheek has signed a new contract at Bromley until the end of next season. The 29-year-old has 12 goals this season – 10 of those in the National League – and was on 15 in the truncated 2019-20 campaign.

   

Dulwich Hamlet boss Gavin Rose: We deserve better protection – we’re taking a risk every time we train or play matches

Gavin Rose was fully supportive of Dulwich Hamlet matches going back behind closed doors – and reckons players at their level are taking greater risks because of a lack of adequate testing measures.

  

Hercules Wimbledon AC gear back up for action

Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s runners return to action this weekend after an enforced absence of two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.